Fifty Shades Darker Chapter 16 – The all-knowing BJ.

Previously: Ana sucked at her job and it made her boss angry. Grey sucked at being a human being and it made Ana happy.

Lorraine: When we left Ana, she was being cornered by Jack, her boss. Apparently, he has strobe lights in his eyes, because they “flash the darkest blue” as he sneers at her.

Sweeney: Normally we advise you to play along at home when the narration gives us dubious descriptions of faces, but this one’s a bit trickier, so this should help:


Lor: You are my most favorite. I LOVE YOU. It’s great that now the rest of this post has to live up to that.


As Jacks leers at Ana, she’s remembering her self-defense classes. This chapter is going to ask us to believe that Ana knows how to defend herself. LOL. OKAY CHAPTER. WHATEVER YOU SAY.


Lor: Jack steps closer to her and divulges that he had to fight with someone named Elizabeth to give Ana the job. She says that maybe they should get the HR department involved if he has complaints about her performance. He doesn’t want HR, because apparently they are like the police and unicorns and leprechauns and men who don’t want to fuck Anastasia Steele in this universe: non-existent.

He goes on that he thought Ana was a hard worker, but she’s become sloppy and he blames it on her boyfriend.

I decided to check through your e-mail account to see if I could find any clues. And you know what I found, Ana? What was out of place? The only personal e-mails in your account were to your hot-shot boyfriend.” He pauses assessing my reaction. “And I got to thinking… where are the e-mails from him? There are none. Nada. Nothing. So what’s going on, Ana?”



Let’s review: Grey emails Ana at her work email to tell her not to use her work email to email him. Ana answers him back from her work email. Grey answers her back, still to the mother fucking work email. AND THEN GREY GOES IN AND DELETES ALL HIS EMAILS AND LEAVES HERS THERE.

Please explain that to me, because either Grey is the biggest idiot ever and didn’t realize he should wipe ALL the emails -or- he hung her out to dry.

Sweeney: All references to Grey’s contrivancetastic email wiping mechanism give me all the nerd rage, which I guess makes sense since this book was already giving me the other kinds of rage. The later reference is even more annoying, but there’s other still more frustrating things happening then, so I’ll just leave this here:


Also, in addition to being a douche, he’s a liar. He definitely said to her that he had been deleting her emails too (you know, after he emailed her just to have an excuse to be mad at her.) Although, I’m calling this more story-fail than character-fail, because I get the feeling that this was just more continuity than E. L. James could be bothered to keep up with.

Lor: I think a large part of what makes me hate these characters is more story-fail. That this is a plot point makes me hate these characters. See how that works out?

Ana says “some subliminal pheromone that Jack is exuding has [her] on high alert.”

1.) Do any of you have the kind of pheromones that are not “subliminal?” Those really obvious pheromones you whip out of your pocket and perhaps throw in people’s face? Probably not.

Sweeney: Oh I have tons; they’re pebble-sized so that I can throw handfuls of them in the air.

Lor: 2.) It’s obviously the subliminal pheromones that have you on alert, Ana, and not the fact that Jack’s space raping, sneering at, leering at and accusing you. Thank God you have a pheromone detector, or else you’d never know you were in trouble!

Sweeney: SPACE RAPING. Fun fact: I was getting caught up on Girls and realized that Hannah uses that term in an episode that aired the same week as we posted our vlog. I was so excited I immediately emailed Lor. I can’t find a gif of it now, though, and so I am sad. Carry on.

Lor: Jack knows that Grey messed up the New York trip, and wants to know how he managed it. He also knows that Grey is expecting him to make a pass at Ana. Then, he makes a pass at Ana. (S: He has expectations to live up to!) He says he’s entitled to some gratitude for getting her the job, and I think he means he wants a really, really thankful blowjob. Something like that. He says that if Ana keeps him happy, he won’t continue to dig into Grey’s interference.

“My mouth drops open. He’s blackmailing me. For sex! And what can I say? News of Christian’s takeover is embargoed for another three weeks. I can barely believe this. Sex- with me!”

You think she’d be more shocked by the fact that she’s being threatened, harassed and blackmailed. LOL. NOPE. She’s surprised that it’s FOR SEX! And someone wants to have sex… WITH HER! Because no males in this entire book have come on to her or anything! And imagine! S-E-X!

Jack moves even closer to Ana, so that she’s choking on his cologne. There is alcohol on his breath. She wonders when he had time to drink, and it was probably during the 15 minutes she was late in the morning, or the 15 minutes she was late back from lunch, or during the phone call to Mia or Jose or Ethan. Maybe it was when she spent the first hour of her work day emailing Grey. Really, Ana, for anyone who has spent time near or around you, the question is more likely when are they NOT drinking?


Sweeney: Ana is the primary instigator for trips to the imaginary Traumaland Liquor Store. (I wish that could be a real thing.)

Lor: Absolute best and most logical next step for our brand. And because making that happen would be hard, we will probably just put it on a t-shirt!

“You are such a tight-assed, cock-blocking, prick tease, you know, Ana,” he whispers through clenched teeth.”

Confession: I entertained myself for a solid 45 seconds whispering through clenched teeth.

Also, I don’t think EL James knows what a cock-block is. Who is Ana cock-blocking? I don’t think you call someone a cock-block when they are cock-blocking you merely by saying they won’t sleep with you. That’s called “rejection.” Or, if you are Christian Grey, “permission.”

Sweeney: I was about to try to correct this by pointing out that rejection is not permission probably because I am too tired to get the joke (or “true statement about this character”), but I’m going to pretend that it’s because I’m maybe slightly less ruined than I thought and am still connected enough with the world to recognize that distinction. SOMETIMES I WORRY, GUYS. THESE BOOKS TAKE US ALL TO A SAD, SCARY PLACE.

Lor: Okay, fine. I’ll follow up my joke with even more Snark Lady Life Advice: Rejection is NEVER permission.

Back to Ana:

What? Prick tease… Me?

Jack thinks Ana’s been leading him on and that she wants it and that she’s been “asking for it.” This is an additional friendly reminder that a person is never “asking for it” unless they’ve, you know, asked for it.

Sweeney: And your less friendly reminder that a book that requires this friendly reminder so frequently is adored by millions of women.

Meet you all at Traumaland Liquor Store!

Lor: He strokes Ana’s face and presses his hand against her chest, at “the base of [her] neck, where the top button of [her] black shirt is open” which just seems like an awkward place to put your hand. It’s convenient for Ana, though, as it allows her to take hold of his pinky and pull it backwards. “AARRRGH,” Jack cries like a pirate, and you guys are probably wondering if he’s orgasming, but no. He’s in pain. Ana finishes him off with a knee to the groin. She snarls at him to never touch her again and get his own coffee from now on. I hope no one is expecting me to give her credit for this because I don’t want to.

Ana grabs her things and runs outside, but she hasn’t eaten all day because that happens often with Anorexic Steele. She faints and within a second Christian and the Red Ranger are by her side. Christian scoops Ana into his lap, and they are presumably on the floor during rush hour on a Seattle sidewalk, but conveniently, other people only exist in this story if someone needs to be raped, stalked, threatened or hit on. Ana is all fatigued and shit, but mostly she keeps thinking about how amazing Grey’s arms are, and how she’d rather be nowhere else. Not even off the sidewalk or away from her would-be-rapist.

Sweeney: Sprawled out on a busy sidewalk outside of the building where you were almost raped sounds like a totes great place to be! Ana’s priorities, once again proving to be perfectly in order!

Lor: Christian asks what’s wrong, and she whisper-says Jack’s name, which is all it takes to send the Red Ranger running into the building. Christian asks if Jack touched her and she replies that he only did once. At this, Fiddy stands in rage. Ana’s all NO! because she’s super scared of what Grey will do to Jack. Since there aren’t any floggers or cats (meow-cats OR whip-cats) around, I really wouldn’t worry about it.

Christian, he has my e-mails,” Ana confesses. “He wanted to know where your e-mails to me were. He was trying to blackmail me.” Fiddy flips the fuck out. Ana’s all, “oh no! I’m in trouble,” as Grey dials a number on his phone.

He one-sided-conversations with a guy named Barney and instructs him to wipe all of Ana’s emails to him and to make sure Jack doesn’t have copies stored away. Guys, think of all the tension we would’ve been spared if Grey had both their emails wiped in the first place. That’s like… entire seconds of… lol. Nevermind. EL James wouldn’t know tension if it broke into her apartment waving around a gun and speaking like Dobby.


I just like this gif. Also: Fuck you, EL James.

Grey calls another person and says he wants Jack out “this minute” or else he’s going to liquidate the company in the morning. The company that nobody can know he’s bought yet? He threatens to sell it. To people who can’t know he owns it. STFU, Fiddy.

Sweeney: We have a gif for that too:

Welp, putting a gif of my own face was sufficiently weird.

Lor: In the awesome way.

Blackberry,” he hisses at me through clenched teeth.
“Please don’t be mad at me.” I blink up at him.

I am so mad at you right now,” he snarls and once more sweeps his hand through his hair. “Get in the car.”
Christian, please-“
Get in the fucking car, Anastasia, or so help me I’ll put you in there myself,” he threatens, his eyes blazing with fury.
Oh shit. “Don’t do anything stupid, please,” I beg.
“STUPID!” he explodes. “I told you to use your fucking Blackberry. Don’t talk to me about stupid. Get in the motherfucking car, Anastasia- NOW!” he snarls and a frisson of fear runs through me. This is Very Angry Christian.

Right, ladies? We’re all swooning and checking our panties for fires, right? Because if some guy came onto you all rape-like, what you would really want is to be blamed by your significant other. And to be clear, this all makes NO SENSE. He keeps yelling at her about using her Blackberry, which wouldn’t matter when he kept emailing her at her work email address! And it wouldn’t be an issue if he’d just deleted her emails AND his. And besides, he was ANSWERING her. These bitches. These stupid bitches.

Sweeney: I’m glad you were able to be so articulate about all of that because I CAN’T FUCKING EVEN WITH THIS SHIT. (1) This is Ana’s second almost rape and in both instances Christian WantsToBe Mother Fucking Grey BLAMES. HER. This is the Snark Squad once again reminding everyone that no amount of drinkdrankdrunk or flirting are ever justification for rape. (2) THE EMAIL THING. This just makes no sense.

Lor: Ana gets into the car and after some “tense” moments, she sees Jack exit the building with a box of things and get into a cab, presumably fired, after hours, with no HR in sight.

During the drive home, Grey gets another call from Barney who has found something interesting on Jack’s computer. Grey says he’ll call him back later, in private.

The ride back to Escala is spent in mostly silence, because Grey’s still mad at her. (S: Being spared car banter is like the delightful surprise in this chapter.) Oh, but this happens when they arrive:

“Come,” he orders as Taylor clambers into the driver’s seat.”


Can’t keep the Red Ranger down.

Ana asks Grey why he’s mad.

God, if something had happened to you, he’d be dead by now.”

I wonder how “Ana made me do it!” would hold up in a court of law.

As it is, I’m going to ruin his career so he can’t take advantage of young women anymore, miserable excuse for a man that his is.”

Let me tell you something, dear readers. Jack is clearly a bad guy who did a bad thing. We don’t only know this because he continually asked for his coffee in evil ways. He tried to take advantage of Ana and the situation had the potential to get out of hand. Fair. But here’s my problem: this situation was just another way for Grey to flex his muscles, claim ownership of Ana and lord more things over her. Here’s a list of things not to do when a person you know has been the victim of sexual assault:

1.) Yell at them
2.) Leave them alone while their attacker is still nearby
3.) Ignore the cops and exact your own revenge
4.) Go after the attacker yourself
5.) Blame them

Just, you know, off the top of my head.

So, anyways, now they are in the elevator, which if you’ll remember from our recent vlog, I called the solve-everything-vehicle of their relationship. And that it is friends, as they are now making out in the corner of the elevator. By the time they arrive at their floor, all of their problems become non-problems and they start joking about Ana kicking her-would-be-rapist in the balls.

Sweeney: You also noted the ease with which they solve their problems, in general:

Lor: Guys, how much can we put our own faces into these recaps before you all start thinking we’re super weird? I HOPE A LOT.

In the apartment, Grey goes off to call back Barney and in the meanwhile the housekeeper is all, “wow, Ana. You haven’t had any alcohol in this chapter! Surely, your liver is very confused by this lack of destruction,” and she pours her some white wine. Ana thinks, “jeez, could I just have a few boring days?” Best part of that, of course, is that this book is THE MOST BORING.

Grey comes out now, probably because he smelled the alcohol and desperation in the air. Ana asks him if she still has a job and he’s all, “oh, this sham of job? You still want it? Sure.” Ana is super impressed and says, “he is master of my universe.” Alright, Snowqueens Icedragon. We get it.

Sweeney: A+

Lor: We cut to after dinner and Ana decides to bring up the fact that Josecob called. She babbles about how he wants to get a drink, and Grey wants to know what she’s asking. She isn’t asking anything, only informing him of her plans to get a drink with her friend. Cue Grey reminding Ana that Josecob made a pass at her. She exclaims that that was WEEKS ago.

“I don’t like it.”
So what? Jeez, he’s irritating sometimes. I take a breath. “He’s my friend, Christian. I haven’t seen him since his show. And that was too brief. I know you don’t have any friends, apart from that god-awful woman, but I don’t moan about you seeing her,” I snap. Christian blinks, shocked.”

That’s so cute that she thinks she doesn’t complain about Mrs. Rape.

Sweeney: Right!? I am fascinated by how these two can spend every waking moment thinking about each other while not actually knowing shit about what’s happening when they’re together.

Lor: EL James banked on the fact that most people wouldn’t realize what was happening when these two were together. It was a good gamble.

Anyways, Ana says it isn’t her place to say who he can be friends with and vice versa, so Grey says Josecob can stay at Escala with them. Ana smirks up at Grey and then moves quickly away, in case he tries to hit her. Grey heads off to work again and Ana must entertain herself.

It should come as no surprise that Ana isn’t actually very good at entertaining herself. She’s bored so she wanders the apartment and ends up at the Red Room of Domestic Violence, and what do you know, it’s unlocked.

“Feeling like a child playing hooky and straying into the forbidden forest, I walk in.”

1.) Weird. Why does she relate playing hooky with forbidden forests, you guys?

2.) Weird. You are walking into the room your boyfriends keeps stocked with sex toys. YOU SHOULD NOT FEEL LIKE A CHILD DOING ANYTHING.

Sweeney: Really need to get a new set of pedo-bear-alert gifs if we’re going to get through another book and a half.

Lor: I always feel strange searching for those, though. That goes beyond the Questionable Google Search of the Day into police knocking on your door territory.

 Ana describes the room as “womb-like,” just so we can drive home this child-pedo-weird vibe. “My boyfriend’s sex room reminds me of a womb!” OKAY, ANA. OKAY.

She inside a chest and is all nervous as she opens the first drawer. She picks up a bullet-shaped something and wonders what you do with it. This moment would only be better if she tried to stick it up her nose or in her ear.

Of course, Fiddy is standing at the door watching her. He asks what she’s doing and probably fearing for her life, she answers that she was bored and curious. He enters the womb and closes the door. He asks what she’s curious about and she’s all, “are you mad at me?” He wonders why she would think that and her legit answer is, “You are always mad at me.” BEST RELATIONSHIP EVER. The second part of her answer is that she feels like she’s trespassing. Grey says she IS trespassing but that he isn’t mad and when he puts a ring on it, everything will be hers anyways.

Sweeney: LOL. So enticing! All these memories of the domestic violence portion of our relationship can be yours!

Lor: He left the room unlocked by accident because he was in there trying to decide what to do with it all. He also says he isn’t always mad at her, and uses “this morning” as an example of that. If you’ll recall, they were fucking this morning. This all goes back to my theory that Grey only comes in two modes: horny and agitated. Thanks for proving that, psycho.

Speaking of horny! Ana asks Grey about the silver bullet, and turns out it is a butt plug, and not in fact a booger picker or an ear plug. Grey adds, “bought for you.” Ana’s all:

Because she can’t believe that Grey would buy new butt plugs for her? I’m not sure. She asks if he buys new toys for each submissive. “Some things. Yes.” replies Grey and he leaves us to wonder what exactly qualifies as “some things.” Butt plugs, definitely yes. That first drawer turns out to be the “butt drawer.” Next one down has vibrators. The third one down contains a variety of clamps. Fourth drawer down has lots of leather and straps.

Ana finds a ball gag and ask Grey if he’s ever worn one (yes) and if it was to mask his (STATUTORY RAPE!!!) screams. Grey says that isn’t the point of a ball gag. It’s all about control, because controlling her eating, sleeping, working, friends, and social calendar weren’t enough to get him off. He needs a ball gag.

Sweeney: Comprehensive Control. Also, I can’t picture this without picturing the faux-ball-gag gone terribly wrong: Jawbreaker. Let’s stop reading and go watch Jawbreaker instead, all right? Oh, we’re almost done? Fine, fine.

Lor: Have another drink.

As Grey speaks wistfully about the type of power and control that come with reading body reactions and not listening to words, Ana notes that he seems to miss it. It’s all he knows, Grey reminds her.

They get into an “I love you,” “no, I love you!” match with a bonus, “you can hurt me,” “no, you can hurt me MORE” round, in case we didn’t understand the stifling co-dependency issues these two suffer.

Ana points out a spreader bar and asks for a demonstration. Her inner goddess shows up to pole vault from inside of a bunker. TRUE THING THAT IS WRITTEN IN THIS BOOK.

Sweeney: I really wish I had the patience/energy to draw this out, but I don’t even know where to start.

Lor: Grey will do it but not in the Red Womb of Domestic Violence. He explains that he’s like a recovering alcoholic. The last time they were in there, Ana left him. He likes to say it that way to place the blame on Ana for leaving, and not on him for beating the shit out of her. So, he’s like an alcoholic, and if he’s in the Red Room for too long, he may overdose and kill her. Something like that.

Sweeney: So what you’re really saying is that he’s robbing us of “AND THEN SHE DIES.”

Lor: As so many people do, Sweeney. As so many do.

Ana is so impressed by this, as if not wishing physical harm on someone you are in a relationship with is such an amazing feat, that she jumps on him and they start kissing. Grey’s all, “you want me to fuck you on the stairs?” and Ana’s all, “sure!” but he’s all, “no.” He’s done this to her at least 4-5 times where he’s all, “you want me to take you right here, right now?” and Ana’s all, “absolutely!” and then he’s like “I’m not sure why I asked because doing what you want to do is not what I want to do.” Cool, Fiddy. Cool.

Ana announces, once they are in his bedroom, that she doesn’t think he’ll hurt her. That’s exactly the type of thing one would say if you were really nervous about someone hurting you. They have a little Crayola Body Mapping Zone “fun” while Ana undresses and kisses his chest. Mostly, this is used to inform us that he’s getting more used to Ana touching him, and she’s fixing him. SHE’S FIXING HIM, DAMMIT.

Sweeney: Because that’s what happens when you stand by your domestic violence perpetrating man, ladies!

Lor: She gives him a “fixing him” blowjob.

“He gazes down at me, watching my every move, eyes so dark and filled with carnal bliss. Oh my. I sheath my teeth and suck harder. He closes his eyes and surrenders to this blissful carnal pleasure is so arousing. I know what I do to him, and it’s hedonistic, liberating and sexy as hell. The feeling is heady, I’m not just powerful- I’m omniscient.”

1.) You aren’t the first bitch to give a blow job. STFU.


3.) I did not typo. “…is so arousing.” is how it appears in my copy.

4.) James forgets things from sentence to sentence. You just said “carnal bliss” FYI.

5.) Omniscient is all knowing. I’m not entirely sure this is the word James wanted to use here. I’m not just powerful, I’m all knowing, on account of blow job? I think maybe she was shooting for omnipotent. Either way:


Sweeney: I love you for this entire list.

Lor: After the bj, Grey tosses Ana onto the bed, undresses her, and puts her ankles into the spreader bar.

“Oh, we’re going to have some fun with this, Ana.” Reaching down he grasps the bar and twists it so I flip on to my front. It take me by surprise.”

Help me understand if that is physically possible, because I don’t think anyone could FLIP your whole body over while you are laying down, by way of a bar between your ankles, especially in a way that catches you by surprise.

Sweeney: Another moment that we can’t even begin to diagram. I should add, now, that Lor spent days figuring out how to do this post because she wanted to draw you pictures, but she just couldn’t figure out how. Neither can I.

Lor: True. It was a good idea in theory, but this shit is even undrawable.

Grey goes down on Ana and it’s OMG the best, as it always is, and and as she’s crying out, Grey says, “say my name!”

Can we just end this already ridiculously long chapter right here and just have a Destiny’s Child sing-a-long?


Lor: Uuuugh. We’re almost done.

She calls his name a few times and he punctuates it all with a “you are mine.” She comes and somehow doesn’t even notice when Grey flips her back over to her front and ties her wrists to the spreader bar as well. Grey slams into her and Ana is all, “AARGH!” because he found pirate’s booty deep in her vajay.

Sweeney: A+

Lor: EL James describes their two sentence sex the way she always does, (“he’s moving… really moving…” OH REALLY? IS HE?) and they come together.

Ana gets sleepy, Grey says like three more times that she is his and can never leave. Ana drifts off to sleep.

My last thoughts are of a small boy with gray eyes and dirty, messy, copper-colored hair smiling shyly at me.”

Let me interpret: As I ride down out the wave of my orgasm, I think of my boyfriend as a child.

Thanks, painfully long chapter.


Have some ridiculous murmur/whisper counts:
Murmur Count – 21
Whisper Count – 22

Favorite comment last post: Though I’m thinking we finally have the explanation for that here. These woman don’t speak to him because they are probably busy thinking ‘WTF was that? Did my panties just explode? I am going to need serious medical attention’. Right? – Alex



Next time of Fifty Shades Darker: Ana gets good news at that job where she never works. Learn awesome professional skillz from Ana in chapter 17.



Marines (all posts)

I'm a 20-something south Floridan who loves the beach but cannot swim. Such is my life, full of small contradictions and little trivialities. My main life goals are never to take life too seriously, but to do everything I attempt seriously well. After that, my life goals devolve into things like not wearing pants and eating all of the Zebra Cakes in the world. THE WORLD.

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I collect elaborate false eyelashes, panda gifs, and passport stamps. I spend too much time on YouTube. Reconciling my aversion to leaving the house/wearing pants with my deep desire to explore everything is my life's great struggle.

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  • WOW, what an atrocious chapter, even by EL James’s usual standards. Thanks for using the “Who, Me?” gif not once, not twice, but THREE TIMES, because I was cracking up by the end. But the “Say My Name” gif is absolutely my favesie.

    • I was highly distracted for a good chunk of time by Destiny’s Child gifs and a “Say My Name” dance party.

    • Lor’s gif selection in this post was all-around epic. I’m glad we could all have a big internet Destiny’s Child dance party.

  • Corinna

    So, I’ve got a problem now – because of that “Aaargh!”-moaning, I always imagined Ana with an eye-patch during the sex scenes, which definitely made those better. Now that her boss is groaning the same way, my imagination is all over the place…

    • In the last couple of chapters James has be messing up all the phrases we know from her. First, “aaargh!!” was used in a sexual way, now it’s used for pain. First, “in that way” was used for pants-hanging, two chapters ago it was used for sexual arousal. In this chapter “down there” was used for her butt, when it’s always been exclusively used for her vagina.


      • Polge Clément

        “AAARGGH” Anna shouted, after Grey/Gray slapped her down there, in that way.

        • AHEM:

          “AAARGGH” Anna shouted (in pleasure) after Grey slapped her down there (her vagina), in that way (in the same way he wears his pants).

          “AAARGGH” Anna shouted (in pleasure) after Grey slapped her down
          there (her vagina), in that way (in a sexual way).

          “AAARGGH” Anna shouted (in pain) after Grey slapped her down there
          (her vagina), in that way (in the same way he wears his pants).

          “AAARGGH” Anna shouted (in pain) after Grey slapped her down
          there (her vagina), in that way (in a sexual way).

          “AAARGGH” Anna shouted (in pleasure) after Grey slapped her down
          there (her butt), in that way (in the same way he wears his pants).

          “AAARGGH” Anna shouted (in pleasure) after Grey slapped her down
          there (her butt), in that way (in a sexual way).

          I got tired, but you get the idea.

          • Corinna

            But in the end, she’s always a pirate.

          • Unlimited options but always a pirate. This is like all those times Grey is naked except for the part where he’s not.

          • Buttercup

            Sads. I used to really like pirates. Johnny Depp…Pirates of the Carribbean… that really cute boy in high school that I had a crush on that dressed like a pirate for Halloween. Why does E.L. ruin everything?!! :'(

            Pirate booty in her vajay…comedy gold though.

          • Deana S

            It’s okay, Buttercup. There is plenty of room in my pirate-happy place.

          • Polge Clément

            Shame on you, you forgot the most important of them all.

            Pirate batman

          • Polge Clément

            Do someone mind if from now on I replace every sex scene by pirate batman and George Takei being awesome ?

          • Buttercup

            Hahaha! Pirate Batman rocks!

          • Deana S

            No worries, Buttercup. I have plenty of room in my pirate-happy place!

          • Favorite.

  • Clair Alexander

    My grandma sheaths her teeth when she goes to bed so that she doesn’t accidentally choke on them in her sleep.

    • A+

      Interesting to also consider that vampires can sheath their teeth. Well, some of them.

      • HoVis

        Maybe in one of the original drafts Ana aka Bella-as-a-vampire went down on Gray aka Edward? And I mean, if a vamp *doesn’t* sheath their teeth before that sort of activity… O_O

  • Deana S

    All I can say is, “WTF!?!” I don’t even know where to start. This chapter made me go “Arghhh” for a whole different reasons. I’m still dumbfounded that not only did those in Twilight fanfiction go ga-ga over this, but now these books are out there and women are swooning over this sh*te!!!

    I gotta say, my favorite is how Christian is able to flip her over not once, but twice using only a spreader bar. Uh, what? All I can picture is someone flipping pancakes. Thanks EL James for ruining breakfast for me as well! (I found this gif for the unrealistic, impossible sexual acrobatics- pancake style.

    • I hope this chapter made you go “aarrrggh!” because you feel pirate-violent towards it! 🙂

      PANCAKES! HE PANCAKE FLIPPED HER (and I’m sorry for this next part) and then he ate her. Clearly, what Grey really wanted was breakfast.

  • Polge Clément

    Wow, that whisper/murmur count is super-high for a rape chapter.

    And don’t worry, nothing weird about using gif of yourself, nothing weird at all!

    Also glad to know that the best thing to do with a woman who’s almost been raped is a blowjob and rough sex. Might come in handy one day.

    • I’ve noticed that the whisper/murmur counts really skyrocket in chapters that are heavy on sex. All their dirty talk is probably really difficult to hear and understand.

      It’s okay if it’s weird. We’re prepared to accept the weirdness and ignore it and keep post gifs of ourselves.

      RIGHT? I chopped so much of this reap down because it was hella long, but in that portion I quoted Shae from GoT. Remember how she told Tyrion that he should’ve known his ex-wife was lying? A woman recently almost-raped does not run into the bed of another man. I also cut the little part where Grey asks Ana wants to have sex on account of almost being attacked. It’s funny because (1) Ana’s all, “SURE! NO BIG!” and because (2) Grey never listens when Ana says she doesn’t want to have sex anyways. See last chapter.

  • I love you guys for putting your own gifs on here.

    The fact that 50 Shades exists in the universe and women all over the world swoon over this is extremely worrisome. (sorry, I’m on a Nanny trip right now)

    • Polge Clément

      It’s funny because I’ve read every 50 shades recap here, and it’s still the first thought that goes through my mind every time: “how can anybody seriously like that ?”. And I read every recap the same way: laughing out loud all the way because they’re awesome and funny as shit, and at the same time with a deep need to kill myself because of the popularity of this shit.

      • I KNOW!! Same here! I can’t help it and I made this comment about a dozen different times on various recaps but I’m still not over the fact that these books make me want to cry and hurt stuff. Mostly Ana. And Grey.

        • Trust me that even though I write these week after week, I never stop thinking, “WHO LIKES THIS? WHO??” My IRL reaction to anyone admitting that they like them has become rather violent.

          • I can’t even blame you! This whole story is violent and a violation of good taste and brain cells!!

          • I usually can’t blame me either but the other day my boss admitted to liking it. I had take a huge bite of my lunch to keep from being all YOU SHOULD KNOW BETTER.

          • My boss’ wife likes them. I just said “Dude, I’m so sorry.” and went back to work.

          • LOLOLOL poor you! Those are the situations I pray that my rarely working brain-filter actually works! Food is always a great distraction.

  • First, EL James makes me roll my eyes so hard I think I pulled an eye muscle. But at least my eye muscles are getting a good workout from all the eye rolling, so maybe there’s something good we can get out of these books. Really buff eye muscles.

    Second, did Grey just oral sex up Ana from the rear? She was on her stomach, right? Isn’t that not the most ideal way to oral? Just checking.

    Third, I would really hope for the sake of his subs’ health that he replaces things that go inside for each sub, and at least really sanitizes the rest of it.

    And lastly, I am very sad for the rest of humanity that these books are worshiped by so many women. WHAT. IS WRONG. WITH THESE PEOPLE. Seriously. They are poorly written, in that they suck, and they are poorly written in that EL doesn’t understand how writing works.

    These books give me rage in a lot of different ways.

    • Soon, we will be able to cause physical pain thanks to the strength of our eye rolls. Use your power for good and not evil.

      I was super confused about that too, when I first read it! I probably should’ve clarified more in the post, but it was already so long. So here is what happened. Ana is facing up when he pancake flips her to her stomach, so that she’s facing down. He’s all, “see what I can do???” and flips her BACK onto her butt, so she’s facing up again. Then, the oral sex. Then he pancake flips her back to her stomach, or “to her front” is what Ana says, which is confusing. But she means she on her front, or facing down. I think. You never know with this stuff.

      I would really, really hope so too. I mean, he gets new cars for every sub, the least he could do is replace the cooter-balls.

      All of the rage, girl and all of the disappointment in humanity. Today, I did a quick Twitter search for “Fifty Shades Darker” to get a feel for what people said about it and how we could spread the word about these recaps. I just ended up crying over all the CHRISTIAN GREY!!!!111 <3 tweets.


  • kellyasummers

    I mean, Christian would basically have to be the Hulk to flip someone over that quickly by a bar tied to their ankles. I actually had a lot of fun imagining him trying to be smooth about it but really just making her flop awkwardly with half of her body twisted. Oh this stupid book.

    • I mentioned to another commenter that I cut lots out of this post and one part included my hypothesis about what actually happened: Grey breaks her legs and hips and then she dies and then he goes to jail and then he dies there. Yeaaaaah.

  • Melodye

    Sweeney – the Traumaland Liquor Store is a thing. It’s in Vegas and it’s called my kitchen because things like this book have driven me to severely punish my liver. Poor liver.

    “He strokes Ana’s face and presses his hand against her chest, at “the base of [her] neck, where the top button of [her] black shirt is open”: I have so many problems with this sentence. Jack clearly has his hand on Ana’s chest, yet she says it’s at the base of her neck? Is her head on backwards? Shouldn’t she say the base of her throat? Or has EL James never seen a normal human being EVER?

    • The Traumaland Liquor Store is each and every one of us. Don’t feel bad. You could never be drinking as much as Ana Steele, rest assured.

      I think she’s seen normal human beings but I also think she never, ever read back anything she wrote. I think she wrote it and pressed publish on whatever fan fic site and to this day, she has still never read her story again.

      Or, she’s never seen a normal human being.


  • OMG, Jawbreaker is the best, right? Like Heathers on steroids. Or whatever. Because there, she puts in the ball gag (jawbreaker) then dies. AND THEN SHE DIES! Ana should have totally tried on the ball gag.

    • Deana S

      Little trivia tidbit: Julie Benz, the actress who played Darla on BTV, was in this little gem.

      • Woah! Random. Now I really want to go watch it.


  • So, not to get all technical and shit, but did Ana spend the blowjob with her eyes rolled up so she could see what his eyes were doing? Also, what is the shade or shape or wtf-ever of “carnal bliss”? Maybe that’s where the omniscience comes in. She knows what he’s feeling and how his eyes look, even though the angle is fucked up because his dick is in her mouth. Lastly, that sounds like the worst goddamned blow job ever. You just suck harder? Hell, girl, I got a few things you maybe want to read and a couple you should watch to see the different ways you can use your mouth before you go calling yourself all-fucking-knowing based on how great your BJ skills are.

    • A+ for noting that she had to have been creepily watching him during this blowjob.

  • Some of my favourite things from this recap:


    “You aren’t the first bitch to give a blow job. STFU.”
    All the child references add an extra layer of creepiness. There are so many things wrong with these books!!!

    • Ana always needs to be told to shut her whore mouth.

  • So… Ana is all scared about Jack trying to get all rapey with her. He gets closer in her space. Suddenly, the lights go down, the bass drops and Jack’s eyes start to strobe light all over the place as his eyes flash the darkest blue! Close? XD

  • Acy

    The whole “playing hooky and entering the forbidden forest” made me think of Harry Potter, which at first made me go all NERD RAGE because how dare anything ever connect these two series in my brain? But now I think of it as opening up a whole new category of options for “AND THEN SHE DIES.” Wandering into the forbidden forest? Whoopsie, got eaten by the spiders. Or whacked by the Whomping Willow.
    But I still hate EL James for that connection existing. You know, on top of all the other ninety gazillion reasons I hate her already.

    • wlreed

      Me, too. I was ranting. NO, BITCH you cannot ruin Potter. You have already taken so much from us. And then I started picturing Ana running into a Blast-Ended Screwt that got away from Hagrid. And I was slightly happier. I can’t think of a better way for “and then she dies”

  • wlreed

    So many thoughts on this post

    1) I have got to stop reading them at work. I think my coworkers are starting to accept the random hysterical giggling that happens on occasion, but today I was almost yelling at my ipod in the break room. When you are saying things like “what the actual fuck” to your gadgets in a very agitated tone, people back slowly away from you.
    2) Has the self-defense thing ever been mentioned before? I have so much confusion on this. Is it just a random thing thrown in for this chapter?
    3) Even if the emails Grey sent are deleted, wouldn’t the ones Ana has have his responses? Didn’t he respond to some of those emails?
    4) Spreader bar was my questionable google search of the day. I honestly had no idea what that was.
    5) This thing got much love when it was in fan-fic form, right? I want to know who praised it. I’ve read fan fiction, and enjoyed some of it. One of the great things about it is if you don’t like it, just move on. No harm, no foul. And it is probably difficult to write a realistic and steamy sex scene. But has anybody who praised this actually had sex? I’m reading the pieces from the book and thinking how does that work? The way it’s written makes No Sense.
    6) Keep Ana the fuck out of the Forbidden Forest unless she is going to be eaten by Aragog or shot by a centaur. I will not accept the ruination of Potter.
    7) Isn’t sheathing what you do with a sword when you’re done with it? How the hell do you do that with teeth?

    So lots of confusion and rage this chapter. And I for one like the gifs with your faces. I’ll meet everyone in the Traumaland Liquor Store to replenish the alcohol.

    • Corinna

      Getting eaten by Aragog in the Forbidden Forest sounds like a great way to finally get “And Then She Dies”, though.

    • Alex

      Excellent point – when you reply to an email it usually includes all the context from the previous emails, so just deleting one side of the conversation would appear to be completely and utterly pointless. I guess that’s just yet another piece of the “How Did EL James Publish A Fanfic On The Internet When She Doesn’t Have The Faintest Clue About Anything Vaguely Technological?” puzzle.

  • antiscian

    The inner goddess returns! And pole vaulting from a bunker, no less. As ridiculous as she is, I have to admit that I missed that bitch. Also, it seems like EL James is just pulling random verbs out of a hat for all the inner goddess antics. It’s like Mad Libs. “My inner goddess ___(verb)__s out of a ___(noun)___ with a __(ballet move)___ into a __(noun)___.”

    • Buttercup

      LOL. LOVE that. 🙂

      • Alex

        Inner Goddess Mad libs! YES! Someone needs to make this a thing.

  • Polge Clément

    And for all of those playing the “and then she dies” game, a oldie but a goodie: Buffy VS Edward :

    And then Anna kills herself.

    • Deana S

      Being a big lover of BTV, I totally loved this except for one thing–it took way to long for Buffy to dust his sparkling ass! 😉

  • Thanks to you guys I now call my cat Christian Grey every time he stalker walks into the bathroom when I’m trying to pee….it seems to highly offend him

    • I would be highly offended by my cat’s insistence on stalking my peeing. It’s on him, yo.

  • 50shadesofstupid

    seriously i don’t know why Ana doesn’t just leave Grey for Jack. His eyes strobe light and change colour. she could use him to figure out how to build real life light sabers. and then someone could use a GRAY! coloured light saber to kill her. AND THEN SHE DIES!
    and as she dies she can dream of copper haired, grey eyed little boys. then you insert another pedobear gif and were done with this shit haha

    btw guys i refresh like 5 times a day waiting for these blogs. theyre by far better than the actual series 😀

    • Polge Clément

      Refresh 5 times a day ? That’s so… 2000. Nowadays we stalk using facebook and/or twitter, even websites !

      And in France it’s often updated around 7PM, so generally at a time where I’m actually watching my facebook 🙂

      • So, of places where people subscribe to us — our RSS feed, Twitter, and Facebook — FB is far and away our most popular (we put the most effort/energy into that one for that reason, but maybe there’s something circular about that). However, our referral traffic (a combination of all three) is still a fraction of a percent less than our direct traffic — people who come direct to the site. It’s weird to me, honestly, because I have come to think of our readers as the FB people and I’m always like, “Oh! They come from other places too? That’s weird. You should probably just go to Facebook…”

        I miss being on that side of the time difference. Lor and I are a constant scheduling struggle because not only am I on the later time zone, I start work at 10am and have a slightly later schedule even without that difference. As a result, though, Kirsti and I seem to be on a somewhat similar schedule… except that she’s a full day ahead of me…

    • Refresh away! The hits boost our self-esteem. Maybe we should post later to mess with people…

  • Alex

    Oh holy wow, I got favourite comment last post?! I don’t even have a speech prepared or anything. But I can now die happy, having achieved everything I wanted to achieve in life.

    So. Ana narrowly escapes from a would-be rapist and Grey’s reaction is… ‘STUPID! I told you to use your fucking Blackberry’? Right. As far as I can tell, using her Blackberry has sweet FA to do with getting almost-raped, but either way, one of two things appeared to be happening here.

    1) He somehow thinks that using her Blackberry would indeed have prevented her from being almost-raped, and therefore this attempted rape is ALL HER FAULT and she deserves to get yelled at.


    2) He couldn’t give a flying fuck that some asshole just attempted to rape her, and is instead yelling at her because she nearly exposed his big fake Monopoly takeover of lameness.

    Which is it? Seriously, WHICH IS IT?! Oh, on second thoughts, who cares? Neither way makes him look anything other than a complete and utter douchebag, and we already knew that anyway.

    Also, can we take a moment to appreciate ELJ’s subtle acknowledgement that Ana’s job is a big fat joke? She only got it because yet another man in this book wanted to have (consensual and/or non-consensual) sex with her. Not because she is, you know, in any way qualified or worthy of any kind of gainful employment from any company on the planet. At least that part now makes sense… kind of. If you don’t think about if for more than three secon… nope, two late. I give up.

    • Alex

      Actually now I’ve thought about this a bit more I am no longer amused, I am just angry. This is a book where the main character lands her dream job purely because the boss wants to sex her, and then keeps said job purely because she is sleeping with the dude who bought the company, and then people actually have the nerve to call this shit ’empowering’?!

      If I were Sweeney I bet I would have an amazing GIF that would perfectly sum up my feelings on this.

      • I share all your feelings and yet I am gifless because it’s basically just exasperation. It alternates: (1) Blind rage. (2) Laughter. (3) Apathy.

        Right now I’m in phase 3. I was going to say that phase 2 is the sweet spot for gif selection, but I’m usually able to articulate what is funny, where as in phase 1, I can only speak in gif.

  • Kim Alexander

    Reading about him flipping her over and back using the spreader bar kind of makes me think that Ana should probably have a broken spine now because I just don’t see how doing that to a person wouldn’t seriously hurt them.

    Also Christian? You’re the biggest bag of douche to ever, um, douche. Or something. Yelling at your girlfriend after she was almost raped? Just when I didn’t think it was possible for you to get more horrible.

  • I think this post had my favorite gifs of all time. Also I almost wrote “gifts” the first time instead of “gifs”, but that’s pretty appropriate too.

  • My Definition of Prick Tease Cock Blocker:
    Ana making mean faces at Jack’s Peep and when Jack’s Peep gets all mad about being teased like a school yard bitch and attempts to defend his Peeply Honor by bitch slapping Ana she’s all “Hiiiiiiii Yaaaaaah!” and she Karate Chops Jack’s Peep and blocks said Peep from getting her with Five Across The Eyes.
    This Bitch.

    • PS I’ve totally started taking notes while reading the Recaps. Notes like “Ana smells pheromones, cologne, and alcohol all while warding off a would be rape? Her nose is amazing.” Perhaps it’s time to give up the Stay At Home Mom Gig and start looking for a job…

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  • Soon there will be a pirate dragon, with an eyepatch, AND THEN SHE DIES. Right? Right?

    Excuse my moment of hopeless wishythinking. Will be over in the corner, drinking from my large supply of fifty shades of booze from the Traumaland Liquor Store, alternating between boundless rage and a faint hope that one day, maybe, my trousers can hang off my hips in ‘that way’. Whatever that means.

    Keep up the good work!

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  • Ioik

    Laughing so hard no noise will come out. I’m sure people think I have heart burn because I keep slapping my chest trying to breathe.

  • Stephanie Cullen

    I just have to say, you mentioning that Red Ranger does not clamber? Excellent. It reminded me of when I was still attempting to read Fifty Shades of Stupid #1. Apparently Christian (HATE that this is his name, btw. Brings horror to every person named Christian ever) clambered into bed with Ana after he deflowered her and she discovered him angst-piano playing. My first thought was: “clamber? Really? I thought he was the most graceful creature to ever walk the earth? Is he suddenly clumsy now that he’s having vanilla sex? Or does James just not know what ‘clamber’ means?” Seriously. AWFUL JANK.

    • I think Sweeney particularly hated any appearance of the word clamber. And my money is definitely that EL has absolutely NO idea what that word even means. It never stopped her from using it though…

      • Stephanie Cullen

        It never stopped her from using ANY word that she doesn’t know the meaning of. Which is every word ever. EVER.

    • Lor is correct – it was basically any use of “clamber” that made me angry, mostly because she didn’t know how to fucking use the word. That said, this is a prime example of Ways In Which Fifty Shades Ruined Me, because I am hyper-aware of authors using “clamber.” I have noticed that British authors like this word a lot more than Americans, so that’s probably part of it. My favorite books, in fact, use this word quite a bit. I just finished a re-read this summer and it was slightly horrifying to keep seeing that word. Of course, the times it was being used correctly. Ana, on the other hand, regularly CLAMBERS out of bed. It’s the only way she knows how to leave her bed. I think that’s what irked me – that she was forever clambering out of bed and I got to hatelaugh at the mental image.

  • Alicia

    You’d think the first thing Ana would think after Jack told her about the emails, “Um, why didn’t Christian delete mine too, he said he was going to delete them all…” but she’s too fucking stupid and doesn’t even mention that. E.L. James can’t keep her own “plots” straight for 2 pages…sometimes even less. HOW DID HER EDITORS NOT SEE THIS GIANT GAPING PLOT HOLE??? Among the thousand others…

    Then Grey aka Tremendodouche has the nerve to get mad at Ana because of her emails, and yet he DIDN’T DELETE HER EMAILS TOO LIKE HE TOLD HER HE WOULD. And then E.L. tries to sloppily make up for this mistake by getting Grey to get his IT guy to delete Ana’s emails too…WHY DIDN’T HE DO THIS BEFORE LIKE HE SAID HE WOULD?? -has 500 drinks of Vodka- ok I’m better now. Sort of.

    New plot scenario: Ana and Christian DO NOT email each other via her work mail. It shouldn’t take someone that much prompting to use her blackberry. And most normal people wouldn’t be that stupid to use the work computer to send personal emails. But you know, she suffers from too-stupid-to-live syndrome.

    I have a lot of issues with this whole sub-plot. If E.L. insisted on having Jack somehow try to blackmail Ana, because she also suffers from every-guy-in-existance-wants-me-but-I’m-too-dumb-to-notice syndrome, so of course Jack, her boss, MUST want her too despite barely knowing anything about her, she could have thought of something more creative than the emails since she obviously shot herself in the foot with that “plot”. How about, Ana sucks at her job, and Jack will only keep her on board if she fucks him ? lol. But, of course, Ana “doesn’t” suck at her job at least according to E.L. so she would never do anything that would make Ana seem incompetent. LOL.

    Also, what I don’t get, is later we learn how many victims Jack had and got away with it…I forget the number but it’ll come up, if there was one. How come not a single one of those girls wanted to report him to stop him from doing it to another girl? And the only reason he finally got caught is because he tried to fuck with the CEO of his company’s girlfriend? And the fact that nobody knew that Grey had bought this company yet? Oh yeah, cause the world revolves around Grey and Ana. GAH too much stupid.

    What pisses me off again is when Grey gets pissy with Ana for not using her blackberry, when he TOLD HER HE WOULD DELETE HER AND HIS EMAILS FROM THE WORK SERVER. Fucking asshole. And it’s pretty sad that Ana was scared of him being mad at her for that in the first place when it was not her fault that he did not delete them. Um, his girlfriend just almost gets raped, then his first reaction – “I’m pissed at you for not using your blackberry even though I told you I’d just get the emails wiped from the server but I did not delete yours.” HOW IS THIS ROMANTIC PEOPLE?? If you are scared of your boyfriend’s reaction after you’ve just been almost raped…I just…don’t even…-downs 500 more drinks-

    I really would like to find her “editors” and kick them in the ass, physically, then fire them. Especially the people who even decided to get this garbage published in the first place. -goes back to writing my own actual good novels and dreaming about getting published someday even though I probably won’t because crap like 50 Shades gets published instead- -weeps for humanity-

  • Dee Lopez

    Okay so I’m trying to figure out how would you sheath your teeth while giving a bj. I’m sure you would kinda look like a toothless hooker & wouldn’t turn anyone on. Then again Grey chooses women who look like the crack whore so that might be a total turn on. And now I just want to go to my boyfriend & say “I’m omniscient because ive given you oral pleasure.” If i had known that’s all I needed to do I would’ve been smart a long time ago.

  • Miaikon

    Okay, the “sheath your teeth” thing… All I can imagine for this is kinda folding your lips over your teeth. Which isn’t very pleasant, especially not while trying to suck something (I have to admit, I tried it with a lollypop). I totally get keeping your teeth away from your partner’s dick during a BJ, so as to not bite him, but I cannot imagine a way to sheathe them.

    Then, the Bar of Flipping… super weird. A human body is rather bendy and squishy, so Ana would have to play along and tense some awesome core muscles, if Grey really flipped her like a Barbie doll. But then, she said she was surprised by this… This makes no sense.

    • I just wrapped my lips over my teeth and made a sucking motion… while at work. I hope no one saw.

      • Miaikon

        I did the whole thing at home, and STILL made sure I was alone in the room. Would have been too hard to explain.

        I think you would have noticed if anyone saw 🙂 By their surprised stare, at least.

  • Jennie M. Lacy

    The bar-flippy move was poorly described (as is every single thing ever in this entire series) but not nearly as weird or impossible as it sounds. What you do is, kinda lift the bar and start to turn it in such a way that the other person can’t help but roll over. The person rolling is the one doing it, but kinda can’t help that they’re doing it. Resistance is futile. And then the person holding the bar finishes the turning along with the rolling of the other person, so that what takes a long time to describe just kinda happens if both parties just go with the flow. Okay my description sucked too, but it’s a real thing.

    If you ask me how I know, I’ll lie.

    • Flip is totally the wrong word for this. Thinking of what flipping looks like in your head. You flip a coin or a burger or do a flip and all of that involves a little more air and more action on the flipper’s part, less on the flip-ee. This sort of forced roll is super easy to understand. And I think even reading her crappy writing, you get what she’s trying to say, but that’s less funny to say than, OMG IMPOSSIBLE? FLIPPING A HUMAN.


      • Jennie M. Lacy